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  1. http://www.writing.com/main/view_item/item_id/1810019-Uprising Here is the link, I don't really want to re-format the whole thing again. It is a pretty dark story about a slave master and how he loses everything, my first attempt at a dystopian short story of this length. I hope you enjoy, and tell me what you think! Thanks -GS33
  2. I want to thank everyone who replied. I am quite sure that I don't have sleep apnea, and still unsure if I have bipolar or something else related to depression and mood swings. I'm also fairly sure that it's not related to my age, due to the fact that some of the symptoms were quite prominent in my childhood, such as a really bad temper. I took two online self-diagnosis tests, and they said: 1) "Based on your responses, there's a strong chance you have adult ADHD. To know for sure, you need to see a doctor for a proper evaluation and diagnosis." 2)"It is highly likely that you are pre
  3. I'm 18 years old, and I'm kind of confused... I have been suffering from depression and mood swings for months now, and in this forum I read that someone else who was depressed had ADHD. Well, I looked at a list of common symptoms online, and 13 out of 14 symptoms(http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/adhd/notjustachildhooddisorder.htm) are symptoms that sounded very familiar to me... I don't know if this is coincidence or I am just imagining this, but I am kind of reluctant to go to a doctor with my parents to get diagnosed, because I feel like I might be imagining this as an excuse for laziness or
  4. Well, I'm not sure the welfare state is the primary concern, more the "radical", violent nature of the Muslim minorities, or the perception that that is the way things are. I do think the welfare state contributes to the anger of the majority population, but the violence is a result of the will to protect internal labor markets to prevent competition between Germans and foreign workers, at least in the case of Germany. Maybe the minority Muslim groups feel oppressed to a certain extent by the natives, and find solace in their own communities. This is all speculation on my part of course.
  5. I live in Germany, and so this is an important topic for me, especially with the shootings in Norway, and I want to see if I have it right, as far as what is happening, what should be done, and what is being done. Many Europeans feel threatened by the many forms of Muslim immigration. They feel their culture will not survive, unless some measures(for some, drastic measures) are taken. This can be partly contributed to the difference of family sizes between Middle-Eastern and European families, and the feeling that Europeans are slowly becoming minorities in their "own countries". It can als
  6. I was wondering if anyone has achieved true happiness in the Objectivist sense of the word, and if so, have you been able to sustain that happiness? Thanks -GS
  7. I like rationality, and with that comes honesty. Despite that, I want her to be able to love in the warm, tender sense of the word.
  8. He was a christian fundamentalist nationalist. As of now there are 94 confirmed dead. His name is Anders Behring Breivik, age 32. Apparently, he dressed up as a police man... It is truly a tragedy.
  9. I think a lot of people nowadays in Western culture are just lazy... They don't feel the need to improve themselves, so they sit around all day playing video games, watching TV, drinking or doing drugs(nothing against these if in moderation). We are turning into a culture of couch-potatoism. Entertainment over education. This makes me sad.
  10. If you are referring to Alexander the Great, he had great respect for the Persians, even going so far as to wear their garments sometimes.
  11. Basically my question is if there is an objectivist justification for playing video games. I can't see Howard Roark, Henry Rearden, Dagny Taggart, or any Rand giants gaming. Roark said the meaning of life is your work. Wouldn't this be contrary to gaming? I'm very curious as to your replies, as I am a casual gamer and I see myself as somewhat of an Objectivist. Thanks
  12. I voted for the Persians (or the Achaemenid Empire to be more exact). They had a uniform monetary system, along with an official language, great infrastructure(postal systems, road systems, way stations), notable architectural achievements such as the city of Persepolis, the Qanat water management system, and the canal connecting Zaqaziq to Suez, along with the one connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. There was religious freedom, and equal rights for all citizens. You have to admit, these were great accomplishments for 500 BC.
  13. Ok, fair enough. Thank you for clarifying that for me. What is still unclear is how large( geographically )the governments should be. Do you agree with federal governments? Also, are we talking career military or more militia-type forces? Because, to be honest, while standing militaries may be better for protection, don't you think they are easily exploited? Thanks for welcoming me to the community
  14. I have the same understanding of minarchy, but you are still using compulsion as a means to freedom, even if it is only police, courts, and military. "Do this the way we want, or we will punish you. The way we want is right though, see all the benefits?" If you agree with 99% of the laws, you still object to the 1% that someone is holding over your head. Now, if it is justified or not is debatable. Centralizing violence just seems dangerous to me. By organizations I do mean government-like agencies not funded by taxes, but through contracts. I hate to get into concrete examples because it i
  15. Hello, this is my first post on OO.net and I was just wondering what the Objectivist objections to anarchy, or anarcho-capitalism in my case, are. The idea of a minarchist state to me seems comparable to the idea of Ellsworth Toohey in The Fountainhead (Part IV Chapter 6 first paragraph) that through compulsion one gains freedom. He says "Traffic lights restrain your freedom to cross a street whenever you wish. But this restraint gives you freedom from being run over by a truck." This seems to me like a minarchist, or statist in general, concept. Shouldn't people use reason to know t
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